J.G. Hertzler is best-known for playing the Chancellor Martok on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. J.G.’s “Star Trek” links go back to 1990, when he appeared in an episode of Quantum Leap opposite Scott Bakula, the man who became Captain Jonathan Archer. J.G. Hertzler is one of only five actors to play seven or more characters in the Star Trek franchise. He has appeared as a record-setting ten different characters which is an honor only he can claim, yet his most well-known characterization was that of the Klingon General Martok who later became Chancellor of the Empire, over his own objection.
Outside of the Star Trek world, Hertzler has appeared in television films such as “Pirates of Silicon Valley” (1999) where he portrayed director Ridley Scott. Hertzler’s silver screen credits include “The Redeemer: Son of Satan” (1978), and the 1979 Oscar nominated film “…and justice for all” which starred Al Pacino. He has made guest appearances in various television shows such as HBO’s Six Feet Under, Roswell, Charmed, Quantum Leap, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, and Highlander: The Series. He appeared as a regular in the series, “The New Adventures of Zorro” (1991–1993) as Alcalde Ignacio De Soto opposite Duncan Regehr and Henry Darrow.
Noted for his distinctively raspy, growling voice, Hertzler also did the voice-over for the intro sequence of 3DO’s Might and Magic IX, and was the voice of the “Dr. Grossman” splicer model in BioShock and Deathstroke and Ares in Injustice: Gods Among Us. Hertzler has also provided character voicing in The Golden Compass video game (2007), and voiced characters in several Star Trek themed games. In 2016, Hertzler narrated the audio book entitled Barsk: The Elephant Graveyard, written by Star Trek linguist Dr. Lawrence Schoen, and has co-authored his own Star Trek novels, “Left Hand of Destiny” books 1 & 2, which are available on Amazon. In June of 2016, the announcement was made that Hertzler’s original screenplay, “Dancing With Sancho Panza”, will be directed by Luis Mandoki (Message in a Bottle 1999) and is expected to go to pre-production in fall of 2017.
JG Hertzler portrayed Admiral Samuel Travis in the award-winning fan-film short “Prelude to Axanar” (2014). In 2015, Hertzler joined the cast on the follow-up film Star Trek: Axanar as Captain Samuel Travis of the Federation, a project delayed but soon going into production under new guidelines issued by Paramount Pictures.
In 2007, Hertzler moved to Ulysses, New York, accepting a position as adjunct faculty in the Department of Theatre, Film and Dance at Cornell University, where he has directed several productions and performed as an Equity company member in a number of Cornell productions through the 2010 season. In 2009, Hertzler directed a critically acclaimed outdoor production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” for the Ithaca Shakespeare Company in the Cornell Arboretum.
With a political interest of many decades, Hertzler ran for and was elected to the Town Council of Ulysses, NY. His involvement in local politics was partly fueled by the issue of hydraulic fracturing and concerns that this method of drilling for natural gas would destroy the pristine water and land resources of the entire Finger Lakes region. In 2016, Mr. Hertzler and fellow actor James Cromwell (Zefram Cochrane) were arrested for illegally protesting outside a Crestwood Midstream compressor station in Watkins Glen, New York on June 6, 2016. They were involved in the “We Are Seneca Lake” civil disobedience campaign against the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission green-lighting underground gas storage in Seneca Lake’s salt caverns, despite public opposition.
JG continues to make public appearances at fan conventions, and is currently focused upon writing screenplays, voicing for games and audio books and now preparing for his one-man show of “MARK TWAIN IS RUNNING FOR CONGRESS!”